Unleashed dogs attack family pet

April 29, 2010 in Front Page News by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Their morning routine began like any other. Pretty Girl, a 13-year-old, 15-pound Pomeranian, waited patiently for Southsider Harvey Brandon- her favorite guy in the entire world- to attach her leash. While Peggy Brandon, Harvey’s wife of 30 years, stayed behind to prepare breakfast, Harvey and Pretty Girl headed out for their morning stroll around the block so Pretty Girl could do her business and Harvey could shuffle along at a fair clip for a man who will celebrate his 85th birthday next month. Read the rest of this entry →

Human resources that hit home

April 29, 2010 in Front Page News by Mike Beas

Mike Heffner was going to miss witnessing his little girl sinking her foot into a soccerball for the first time, and, frankly, it ate at him.
So much so that Heffner, then 35 and a national account manager for Owens Corning, decided a fork in his career road would be a welcome change. The result of that fork is Heffner’s ownership of Express Employment Professionals in Greenwood, a staffing company that since opening July 11, 2005, has helped over 3,000 persons find jobs on the southside. Read the rest of this entry →

Torry's top ten least-loved phrases in high school commencement speeches

April 29, 2010 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. “Life is a journey and this is just the first leg. You have many miles to go before the next rest stop.”

9. “The past twelve years was the easy part. Let’s talk about car loans, insurance and mortgages.”

8. “Somebody egged the superintendent’s car. Nobody leaves until we find out who.”

7. “Remember that life is a journey… and it’s full of toll booths and gas stations.”

6. “You aren’t out yet. Spit out the gum.”

5. “The coach has let it be known that all of you who did not graduate will be doing laps after commencement.”

4. “Some of you still have outstanding bookstore charges… you’ll be receiving blank sheets of paper.”

3. “As you embark on this great journey called ‘Life’ try not to get caught in a stolen car.”

2. “It’s a gown, not a dress, and it doesn’t mean you’re less a male.”

1. “Yes, you have to get a job. No, we’re not hiring.”

Shut up Rico, I’m trying to croon

April 29, 2010 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Rico the lounge singer. People, Rico. Rico, people.
Rico exists only in the depths of my ridiculous imagination. It’s the name I have given to this little voice inside my head that mocks me – persistently and hilariously – when I am at my second favorite job at the Indiana History Center. Read the rest of this entry →

What’s the etiquette on pocket dials?

April 29, 2010 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

Some of you may remember a column I wrote a few months ago on my new Blackberry and how it quickly transformed me into one of those seemingly inconsiderate Blackberry users, whom I promised myself I would never imitate. Read the rest of this entry →

Girlfriend Intervention on Speed Dial; It’s a Necessity

April 29, 2010 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Since I have so few skills of my own, I surround myself with people who have some sense. When I accidentally poison the farmer or injure myself from being so clumsy, for example, I grab my phone and press A. My friend Allison has no problem with puke, splinters, scrapes, stitches or blood. Read the rest of this entry →

Perry Township School Board Candidates

April 29, 2010 in Letters to the Editor by Submission For The Southside Times

To Parents, Educators, and Patrons of Perry Township Schools:

On May 4, 2010, the citizens of Perry Township will have an opportunity to participate in an important Primary Election process, which will affect all citizens, not just those who have children in our school system. As you may remember, in the 2008 election, the citizens of Perry Township turned out in record numbers to elect Mercer, Mertz, & Freeman to the MSDPT School Board. Those three individuals very quickly began a process of “rebuilding trust and restoring pride in our school board leadership.” Now our citizenry has an opportunity to continue that forward moving process by electing Jon Morris & Ed Denning to that team of new community leadership. These two ethical and knowledgeable candidates are qualified for numerous reasons:

* They are individuals of honesty and integrity.
* They are citizens with high moral values and standards.
* They possess a strong desire to make our school system the best it can be through well-informed and pro-active leadership.
* They possess knowledge of our school system and its needs.
* They are willing to devote the time to serve effectively.
* They are pledged to open communications with the community and will respond to the needs of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and patrons.
* They are pledged to invest in sound financial management and business practices.
* They are pledged to follow the Code of Ethics of the Indiana School Boards Association which defines the function of a school board member as policy maker and not administrator.
* They are service-minded individuals who volunteer to support the activities and people in our community.
* They are pledged to continue to build community trust and pride in the leadership of our school board.
* They have no personal agendas or vendettas, only goals of service to the community.

Our beloved township needs loyal, ethical, open-minded, visionary, and sensible leaders who will be receptive to the community they serve and who seriously care about our educational system and its impact on our children. To insure a leadership that represents the values of this township, I urge all citizens to go to the polls on Tuesday, May 4, and vote for Morris & Denning for Perry Township School Board.

Nancy Speedy

Military 04.29.10

April 29, 2010 in For the Record by Submission For The Southside Times

Air Frce Airman Richard D. Rackleyo graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Richard Rackley of Spring Flower Court, and Robbin Campbel of Selago Drive, both of Indianapolis. Rackley is a 2008 graduate of Franklin Central High School.

Army Pfc. Ryan D. VanBuskirk
has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma. He is the son of Steve D. VanBuskirk of Old Orchard Drive, Oaklandon, Indiana and grandson of Patty J. Ramey of North 17th Ave., Beech Grove. The private is a 2003 graduate of Warren Central High School, Indianapolis.

65th Anniversary Baxter

April 29, 2010 in For the Record by Submission For The Southside Times

Jim and Pat (Lynch) Baxter will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on May 5, 2010. The couple has called Beech Grove home for nearly all the 65 years. They have three children, Janet, Mick and Bill, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A future celebration is being arranged for family and friends.

Wedding Haines/Carter

April 29, 2010 in For the Record by Submission For The Southside Times

Michael and Linda Carter announce the upcoming wedding of Lora Elizabeth Haines and Brian D. Carter.
The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Zionsville Community High School. She graduated from Indiana University in 2008 in tourism management and is employed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the ticketing department.
The groom-elect is a 1996 graduate of Beech Grove High School. He graduated from Ball State University in 2000 and earned a master’s degree from Lee University in 2007. He is a teacher at Beech Grove High School and serves as an assistant coach for boy’s basketball and boy’s tennis.
Parents of the bride are Dr. and Mrs. James Haines of Zionsville. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carter of Beech Grove.
The couple will be married June 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Zionsville. The Rev. Eric Bobbitt will officiate. The couple plans to reside in Indianapolis.